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The Good & Bad about COVID-19, aka Coronavirus



#WORLD, February 24, 2020 — The bad news is Coronavirus or CoVid-19 has spread to 36 countries with significant spikes in cases recorded in Italy and South Korea.

Health Minister of Jamaica, Christopher Tufton tests CoVid-19 surveillance at Norman Manley International Airport

Twelve towns in Italy are on lock down; over 200 cases are confirmed and seven elderly people have died say media reports.

Samsung factory in South Korea is reeling following an outbreak, Fortune reports.  Samsung was to reopen the factory today following a weekend lock-down and scour of the facility in Gumi.  Shares fell more than three percent due to fears.

Nineteen people have died in South Korea, some 11,600 are being monitored and cases have soared past 800.


The good news, CoVid-19 has not yet being labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, WHO but independent health experts say its pretty (dern) close.

WHO says as long as most cases can be traced back to China, their reluctance to declare a “pandemic” is justified.

Turks and Caicos remains Coronavirus free; the Caribbean region remains clear as well even though several of our countries have quarantined travellers with recent ties or trips to the CoVid-19 hot spot of China.

From the – February 24, 2020

Deaths worldwide are recorded at 2,593 people.

The best news is that 24,847 people have “recovered” from Coronavirus.

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Mother’s Day has meaning Across the World, in the Region and right at here at Home



May 11, 2024 – Mother’s Day has a rich history that dates back to ancient times when Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor mother goddesses. However, the modern Mother’s Day as we know it originated in the early 20th century.

The official Mother’s Day holiday in the United States was first proposed by Anna Jarvis in 1905, as a way to honor her own mother who had passed away.

Her efforts led to the first Mother’s Day celebration in 1908, organized by her at a church in West Virginia. The holiday gained popularity quickly, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, a national holiday to honor mothers.

Since then, Mother’s Day has become a widely celebrated occasion around the world, with people expressing their love and appreciation for their mothers and mother figures through gifts, cards, and special gestures.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in various countries around the world, although the dates and traditions may differ. Among the many marking the celebration of mothers is the United States, Nigeria and United Kingdom (which had Mother’s Day in March), Canada, Australia, India, Mexico (marked Friday May 10), Brazil, Japan, South Africa and France (later this month May 26).  These are just a few examples, as Mother’s Day is observed in many other countries as well, each with its own customs and traditions for honoring mothers and motherhood.

In the Caribbean, Mother’s Day is also marked with vim and vigor and reverence.

When you talk about island nations like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands and The Bahamas, among others, all observe Mother’s Day with celebrations that often include special church services, family gatherings, and the giving of gifts and cards to honor mothers and mother figures.

Traditional foods and music may also be part of the festivities staged in the neighbourhood or huge family groups will flock to their favourite dining spots for brunch.

It is not unusual to see Mother’s Day concerts, national awards ceremonies and luncheons making it a striking and joyous occasion for families eager to show appreciation for the important women in their lives.

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Caribbean News

Saudi Arabia E-Visa Access Broadened – Caribbean



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer

Citizens from Barbados, The Bahamas and Grenada have been granted access to Saudi Arabia’s electronic visa, now being able to apply for their visas online or acquire them upon arrival at Saudi Arabia entry points, according to reports. So far, there are only 66 countries with access to the E-Visa.


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Astrazeneca to withdraw vaccines – Health Side Effects



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 

Astrazeneca says it is withdrawing its vaccines from the market worldwide, effective as of May 7 as it was reported to cause side effects such as blood clots and low blood platelet counts. This was first reported by the Telegraph. The Withdrawal they say is also due to the availability of other updated vaccines.


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